About On Being
On Being is a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart.
On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.
On Being is the home of the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. On Being’s listeners, readers, and online communities cross boundaries that separate them in the culture at large: generational, socioeconomic, political, religious. They report that On Being equips them to relate in fresh, new ways to different others, and emboldens them to engage in new kinds of service.
Krista first created the show — originally called Speaking of Faith — at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. It launched on weekly, public radio stations across the U.S. in 2003. In 2013, On Being transitioned to an independent production (Krista Tippett Public Productions) on Loring Park in Minneapolis.
On Being airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Our podcast reaches a global audience via SoundCloud. We keep finding new ways to listen to our listeners and online communities, and they keep pointing new ways forward for this adventure.
Each morning Krista reads each message and credits the strong response from our listeners for getting and keeping On Being on the air. As the program has expanded and grown weekly, we can no longer personally respond to each message received. But each listener note is read, pondered, discussed — and above all, appreciated. We hope as we move forward to find new ways to react and engage with your comments. You can contact Krista and On Being by submitting a message, and we'll do our best to help.
We are often humbled reading your reflections and are touched by the quality and contemplative tone of them. Oftentimes, the primary reason for a reflection not being posted is because it was either submitted to our e-mail address or via the On Being contact form — both are considered private correspondence and will not be publicly posted.
If the reflection was submitted via the proper form for a show, we often do not publicly post the reflections until the following week for reasons of time. And, many times, a similar thought is mentioned by multiple listeners so the editorial staff will post what they feel is the fairest representation of that sentiment. Nonetheless, we encourage our listeners to contribute to this dialogue and read what others have to say on the show's reflection page.
We offer a quarterly production internship position. The intern supports the SOF team with research, interview preparation, Web site elements, and some administrative tasks related to weekly production. If you're interested in being considered for an internship with On Being, please send us an e-mail at email@example.com. When hiring is in effect, the internship position is posted on the Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media jobs page.
You can now purchase printable transcripts ($9.95/MS Word) online. Go to http://apm.transcripts.tv and select "On Being" in the recent shows drop-down menu. Thank you for supporting SOF and public radio programming!
Transcripts are also available on the companion site for each individual program. Go to the main page of the show for which you'd like a transcript, and click on the "Transcript" link in the Program Details section.
We compile a list of books mentioned during the show, or recommended by Krista, and publish it on the show's Web page. When available for purchase on Public Radio Book Source, we link directly to the tome title so that you can purchase it and contribute to public radio at the same time.
For every show, we compile a list of music that's used during the show and publish it on the show's Web page. To help our audience locate an actuality, each show's Web page contains a section entitled "Particulars" that, when possible, provides a time marker as to when an individual piece of music is being played. When available for purchase on Public Radio Music Source, we link directly to the album title so that you can purchase wonderful music and contribute to public radio at the same time. More recent shows also contain an "SOF Playlist." By clicking on this option, you can listen to full-length tracks of each musical segment in the radio program